Police: Shooter Among 5 Dead at Minneapolis Business
Police say the shooter who opened fire at a Minneapolis business Thursday died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was among five people found dead in the building.
Minneapolis Police Deputy Chief Kris Arneson spoke during an evening news conference two blocks from the company.
According to authorities, the shooting occurred around 4:30 p.m. at Accent Signage Systems on the 2300 block of Chestnut Avenue West in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood.
Police say the Hennepin County Medical Examiner Office will officially identify the shooter and the four people killed and the cause of deaths once their investigation is complete. So far some of the victims killed have been unofficially identified as the founder of the firm, a UPS driver, and the shooter.
Chad Blumenfield says Reuven Rahamim, the owner of the business, was shot to death in the attack. Rahamim was Blumen's father-in-law. In a Friday statement to The Associated Press, Blumenfield says other members of the family died, but he provided no details
Hennepin County Medical Center was treating four more people from the incident Thursday night, including three men in critical condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman. The fourth person, who had minor injuries, is in satisfactory condition.
Dozens of squad cars and SWAT officers swarmed the neighborhood Thursday afternoon, and traffic was stopped on a nearby bridge along Penn Avenue, where officers had rifles drawn and pointed at the business and a park below.
Thursday evening, police vehicles were still surrounding the business. People from the neighborhood milled around but deputies kept them back.
"Our neighborhood is quiet. We never see anything going on around here really," one resident said.
Accent Signage Systems' website says the company makes interior signage and listed its founder as Reuven Rahamim.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said employees who were working when the shootings occurred were together and being cared for Thursday evening.
"We are deeply sorry about what has happened here," he said, calling the shootings "a horrible tragedy."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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